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Fresh from UB appearance, Gladwell is on "60 Minutes"

By Alan Pergament

If you're a fan of best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell and missed his recent appearance at the University at Buffalo, you should tune in Sunday to CBS' "60 Minutes" at 7 p.m. Sunday.

And if you heard him at UB on Nov.13, you might want to tune in anyway to the profile of Gladwell by Anderson Cooper on the news magazine show.

According to a CBS transcript, Gladwell talks about his new best-seller, "David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Underdogs," his hair and being driven crazy by Ivy League graduates.

"People assume when my hair is long that I am a lot cooler than I actually am," he tells Cooper with a laugh.  "I am not opposed to this misconception, by the way, but it is a misconception."

A staff writer for The New Yorker who attended the University of Toronto, Gladwell isn't impressed by Ivy League graduates who try to impress people by telling them they are Ivy League graduates.

"If you're last in your class at Harvard, it doesn't feel like you are a good student," Gladwell tells Cooper. "I come to New York and all kinds of people who went to Harvard and Yale are mentioning that in every second sentence. It drives me crazy."

According to the CBS transcript, Cooper then tells Gladwell that he went to Yale.

I could give you more CBS excerpts from Gladwell's appearance, but why spoil it. You don't have to be an Ivy Leaguer to realize it is probably a lot more amusing watching him on "60 Minutes" than reading about it.


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Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament has continued to blog about television topics since retiring in 2010 as The News' television writer after 28 years on the beat. From local on-air personalities to ratings to the latest on network and cable programming, he keeps you informed.

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